Wednesday, 27 July 2016

20 Things You Don't Have to Do With Your Blog

Twenty things you don't have to do with your blog

The blogging community, the bloggersphere, team internet. They're great. Full of advice and tips and hints.

But sometimes, I feel like I'm a million miles behind. Everyone else seems to know exactly what they're doing with their blogs - and are good at it too. From Twitter chats to blog posts, there's all manner of blogging "how to's", "must-do's" and "you can too's". But do we really have to be doing everything? And are we all aiming in the same direction anyway?

Things you don't need to do with your blog

20 things you don't have to do with your blog

(if you don't want to...)

1. Have ALL the social media. Sure it's nice to have followers and more sources for traffic - but if you don't want to be hashtagging and filtering and snapchatting and liking and pinning all day, then don't.

2. Follow the trends. So what if micro-blogging is set to be the next 'big thing'? If you love your long, rambling, once a week pieces then keep on doing it!

3. Take flatlay photographs. They're bloomin' hard.

4. Earn money from it. Just because everyone else has rate cards and sponsored posts and advertising packages doesn't mean you need to.

5. Spend money on it. Custom domains and professional templates do not make a blog. You still have a blog even without them.

6. Get personal. You don't have to post all your deepest feelings just to be relatable. If you don't want to share something on your blog, you don't have to.

7. Run giveaways. I'm always amazed at how generous bloggers are, often funding these from their own pockets but there's no pressure to do one every time you hit a milestone.

8. Share with your friends, family and colleagues. Sometimes they make the most loyal readers. Sometimes they're a barrier to writing down exactly what you want to share. You can still be proud of your blog without making it a part of your 'real' life.

9. Have marble backgrounds, pink peonies and a houseful of copper and rose gold. But if you like all these things, then why not?!

10. Win prizes. It's wonderful to have your hard work acknowledged with nominations and titles - but it's ok to just blog for the sake of blogging too.

11. Write when you're not feeling it. There are no rules about how often you should post or how long you're allowed to go without writing something. If you're not in the mood to write, no one says you have to.

12. Keep it up forever. If your heart's no longer in it, you don't need to keep pushing. Take a break even if you don't think you'll come back. Your blog will be there waiting if you change your mind.

13. Care about stats and views and rankings. Some people do and this fine - it's nice to have goals and see yourself reach new levels. But there's no need to. A blog's a blog, even if you're the sole reader!

14. Stick to a niche. It's your blog. You write about whatever you fancy. If you mainly do beauty, who says you can't chuck in a favourite recipe now and again? A niche is no bad thing, but you don't have to limit yourself.

15. Aim to be professional. Just because you've started a blog doesn't mean this is where you have to go. You can take up baking without aiming to be a pro-baker, or start running without trying to be an Olympic athlete.

16. Try to be helpful or funny or inspiring or relatable. Don't worry about trying to be something specific. Many people will read a blog simply to be nosy, whether you've got great advice or not!

17. Turn every life moment into a blog post. Some days are simply meant to be enjoyed by you alone without needing to get photographs and the right words.

18. Understand SEO and keywords and all that other blog-tech-jargon. Sure, it's handy to have a grasp of if you're looking to grow your blog, but it's not for everyone. If it's getting in the way of just writing, you don't need to worry about it right now.

19. Be perfect at everything. So you're great at writing and the tech stuff, but can't quite get the ideal photo? Or you're a whizz with a DSLR and Photoshop but can't code a drop down navigation bar. Very few people can do it all. Ask for help - that's what the blog community is for!

20. Know what you're doing. You don't need to know whether you're aiming to be a pro or a contented hobbyist. You don't need to understand how to alt-tag your images and write a killer blog title. You don't need to know how to approach a brand or how to decide whether to write about fashion or beauty or a bit of everything. 

As I said. Twenty things you don't have to do if you don't want to. Actually, I do do some of these. And that's fine. It's fine if you do all of them! But it's also fine to do none of them. We're all individuals with different goals and opinions. And that's what makes blogging fab.

Things you don't have to do for your blog


Jennifer
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18 comments

  1. I think this literally ALL the time! If you took a list of all the things you're "supposed" to do and compared it with the list of what I actually do, then I'm not even sure I'd be allowed to call myself a blogger! Stephie xx

    www.teainyourtwenties.com

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    1. I knew it wouldn't be just me! I love a good blog tips post, but I definitely don't follow all the 'rules'!! x

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  2. I loved this post! A lot of blogger advice out there is for people who want certain things out of their blogs which I personally don't, so this was refreshing.

    Jane / deluminators

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    1. Glad you liked it Jane :) I definitely feel that my goals for my blog (if I had any) aren't the same as the next person! There's no problem with wanting a specific outcome from your blog, but we're all different

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  3. Ahhhh I love this post! It's so easy to caught up with what you "should" be doing rather than what you want to do! x
    Sophie Cliff

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    1. Thanks Sophie! I agree - continuously having a set of 'must do's' takes a lot of the fun away! x

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  4. I totally agree with your list. My blog is an outlet and just way for me to relax. I do have some of my social media linked but they don't have anything to do with my blog. I don't know if I'll ever monetize my blog. It's just not that important to me. I do enjoy receiving comments but a bunch of followers is not that important to me. If people want to read my blog, they can. If not, then that is okay too. I do follow some blog advice posts but I sort through the tips. I follow the tips I choose and if I don't agree with one, I don't take that advice. It makes blogging a lot less stressful and more fun!
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

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    1. I agree with you Kiersten - we can all choose to take or leave advice! I want to learn ways to improve and get more out of my blog, but that doesn't mean I'm trying to monetise it or have a huge following! :) I want it to be fun too

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  5. I so agreed with no.9 about the rose gold and copper hard ware!!! Great post :)

    Kate xxx
    The Medic Journal


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    1. Haha - although I do kind of want some!! Glad you liked it Kate :)

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  6. Thanks for posting thing, it's exactly what I've needed to hear after a few weeks of feeling the pressure about my photos. I want to improve on them but I don't HAVE to, and there's a huge difference. Love this post!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

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    1. I'm glad you found the post helpful, Hannah. There's definitely a difference between doing things because you want, and because you just think you ought to.
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  7. I love this! This can apply to anything you do in life but you should do it for you, first and foremost, and for nothing else. If you're not happy with what you're doing or feel pressured to do it then you clearly don't enjoy what you do. I completely agree with all of these though, a lot of people think too hard about their blogs and feel they need to be perfect - they don't need to be perfect, they need to be you!

    Katie
    www.katiehodgkinson.com

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  8. Thank you for this sometimes I forget that its okay to have a small not perfect blog. Sometimes it can be so daunting looking at blogs that have the perfect photos and I wonder if I'll ever have the skill or equipment to take the perfect pictures.This has reminded me to focus on my content instead of just the visual appearance, after all beauty comes from within :)

    Lady Law Student

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  9. Hear, hear! While I think personal branding is important in any context, it is exhausting to see the shift from personal blogging to blog-as-business/product. These are great points.

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  10. Great tips, I totally agree with you! You don't need every social media account and you don't need to stick to one niche - it's your blog and your choice :)

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  11. I love this post. I find it kind of necessary to take flatlays- but they are extremely difficult. Especially with an iPhone 6 camera. Thanks for sharing! x

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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  12. Couldn't agree more with all of this!!!!

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